The new iPad Air 2 (the sixth iPad) is unbelievably skinny. We’re talking about 6.1mm, which makes it easy to handle for such a big tablet, but you have to worry about durability. You can add a flourish of personal style to Apple’s minimalist design, choose functional elements to enhance your daily use, and make sure it’s safe when you sling it in your bag; all it takes is the right case. Here are some of our favorite iPad Air 2 cases. We also have some of the best iPad Air cases available.
You can disguise your iPad as an old book with this stylish case from Twelve South. These genuine leather cases look just like vintage tomes. Each case is distressed to create an aged aesthetic that brings some unique character. Two zippers with leather tags allow you to securely close your iPad inside. Open the case, and you’ll find a leather frame to hold your iPad snug and secure, along with a dark, soft, suede interior that prevents scratches. The interior leather sleeve that holds your iPad can be partially detached via two stud closures, so you can prop the case open and use it as a stand in a viewing or typing position. Although there’s no camera cut-out in the book, the leather sleeve has one, so you can pop the closures open and snap a shot without having to fully remove the iPad.
Incipio ClamCase + ($150)
Acquired by Incipio in 2015, ClamCase has been making premium keyboard cases for the iPad for years now. The ClamCase + converts your iPad into a laptop, combining an aluminum keyboard with backlit island keys, and a polycarbonate cover that protects the tablet. The hinge rotates through 360 degrees, so you can actually fold the iPad back and the keys are automatically turned off. You can also use this case as a stand to prop the iPad at any angle you desire. The keyboard pairs easily via Bluetooth, and it’s roomy and comfortable to type on, with some handy special function keys for things like media controls and Siri. There’s a standard Micro USB port for recharging, but you can expect around a month of use before you need to plug it in. It’s heavy at around 660g, and the back-lit keys really eat into the battery life when turned on, but it’s the perfect choice if you want a decent keyboard and solid protection for your iPad Air 2.
Versatility is the major draw for this folio case. You’ve got a standard polycarbonate shell that attaches to a folio cover using magnets, so it can be attached and detached quickly and easily. The folio cover acts as a multi-position stand and it even comes with a pad of paper. The exterior is polyurethane with a textured finish and the inner lining is nubuck. In addition to the notebook, there are slots for cards. This case also comes with a screen protector.
Case Made Thin Case ($46)
This classic folio case has a genuine leather exterior finished in black with red stitching or tan brown. It looks and feels luxurious, flipping open to reveal a soft suede interior. Your iPad Air 2 snaps into the plastic shell, complete with cut-outs for the controls, ports, speaker, and camera. The cover works with Apple’s sleep/wake function, so your iPad switches off automatically when it’s closed. You can also fold the cover back and there’s a loop to hold it securely in the stand position, which offers an ideal viewing or typing angle in landscape, depending on which way you prop it.
BrydgeAir Keyboard ($150)
Do you like the idea of transforming your iPad Air or Air 2 into a MacBook? Our main complaint with keyboard cases is the added bulk, but they also tend to be plastic, and they rarely match the style of the iPad. Brydge is a clever keyboard that circumvents the usual issues. It’s crafted from premium aluminum, colored to match your iPad finish, and bulk is minimized because your tablet slots into the minimal hinge mechanism, instead of a traditional case. The hinge can rotate 180 degrees, so you can find the right angle for you, and the island keys are well-spaced with good travel and backlighting. To make it even more tempting, you’ll find stereo speakers built-in, to give your iPad’s audio output a boost. It hooks up via Bluetooth, and boasts up to 3 months use from a single charge, with a Micro USB port to recharge. It’s quite heavy, at 520g, but that adds to the MacBook feel, and you know this is a solid, quality piece of kit.